The Australian and New South Wales governments are investing more than $40.9 million to improve road infrastructure at schools across the Sydney metropolitan area, making the trip to school safer for thousands of children.
This funding is supporting the fast roll-out to at least 250 projects, keeping students and families safe while creating jobs and economic opportunities for businesses and suppliers.
Upgrades will include installing raised zebra crossings and pedestrian islands, as well as improving the visibility of key crossings in busy and high-risk areas.
Planning for these important safety upgrades is underway and all projects are expected to be finished by June 2023.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the infrastructure upgrades will help pedestrians and motorists share the roads safely.
“Every child and family should feel safe going to school,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“These important upgrades will help to keep some of our most vulnerable road users safe and make the busy pick-up and drop-off times easier for parents, children and the wider community.”
“Only the Coalition Government understands the importance of delivering the road infrastructure Australians need. This latest investment will create new jobs and help drive our economic growth.”
NSW Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said road infrastructure at schools in metropolitan areas will receive substantial upgrades, with more than $40.9 million going towards at least 250 projects.
“This program will help make our roads safer for not just children but also their parents, carers and school communities,” Mrs Ward said.
“Ensuring our school children and all other road users are safe is a top priority and this is an investment that will benefit our community into the future.”
Projects in metropolitan areas will be funded on a 50/50 basis.
These projects are funded under the Australian Government’s $3 billion Road Safety Program, which supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on Australia’s roads.